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-level officers and enlisted that are so important to the leadership of our military and chuck hagel's leadership and commitment will be critical to that task. i have met with chuck hagel privately, i've asked him tough questions about iran and israel. i'm satisfied on those points that he will advise the president in according to with -- in accord with those policies but even more important i am struck by his passion, the intensity of his commitment to our men and women in uniform. his caring about them is indicated in so many ways. spontaneously and strongly in his testimony, as well as his private conversations. he will make sure that sexual assault in the military, the epidemic and scourge of rape and assault against men and women who serve and sacrifice for this country will be stopped, that there will be, in fact, zero tolerance not only in word but in deed. and his viewing, for example, of the documentary "invisible war," his understanding that this kind of misconduct is an outrage never to be even implicitly condoned and to be treated as a criminal offense, the most extreme kind of predat
. and that is what we will be voting on now. later on, there will be a vote on whether to confirm senator hagel. the vote now is whether to bring this debate to an end. i hope we will so we can get on to the nomination vote. i yield the floor. i think it's noon and time for a vote. the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. the senator from oklahoma has 30 seconds remaining. the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: let me say that we -- everything has been said, not everyone has said it. however, i would like to make sure that everyone understands that the actual statements that were made by the former senator hagel in terms of the relationship of our country with israel and iran prior to the time that he was nominated, because many of those statements were changed at that time. i encourage the no vote on cloture. the presiding officer: the time is expired. under the previous order, the clerk will report the motion to invoke cloture. the clerk: cloture motion, we the undersigned senators in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate hereby move to br
act. also possible today, debate on the chuck hagel nomination to be defense secretary. live coverage of the senate when they return here on c-span2 and, again, that'll be at 2:15 eastern. the senate can only begin debate on the hagel nomination after it's passed out of the senate armed services committee. they are meeting this afternoon to vote on that nomination. senate democrats decided to move ahead with the vote after republicans threatened a walkout. hagel's nomination could move out of the committee on a party-line vote. democrats hold a 14-12 edge on the senate armed services panel. you can watch that vote live at 2:45 eastern on our companion network, c-span3. earlier today the senate armed services committee heard from a number of military leaders about the potential impact of budget cuts that are set to take effect in march. chief of staff of the army, general ray odierno, was among those testifying today calling the potential effects of she sequester dire. here's what he had to say. >> the fiscal outlook which the u.s. army faces in fiscal year '13 is dire, and to my knowl
. but sometimes i read in the newspapers that republicans are filibustering, for example senator hagel as if a majority of republicans or a majority of the senate intended to deny the nomination to senator hagel through a filibuster, when in fact what most of the republicans were saying was the nomination of the former senator has come to the floor only two days ago. we have senators who got legitimate questions about the nomination and we'd like some time to discuss it. in that case we were forced to have a vote on a motion by the majority leader to cut off debate on thursday before the recess even though the democratic leadership and the white house had been told by republican senators, enough of us, that if we voted after the recess there would be plenty of votes to make sure that the president's nominee had an up-or-down vote, as we have done throughout history in the united states senate. for whatever reason, the majority leader and the white house felt that they had to push through a vote and then went into a large complaint that republicans are filibustering the president's nomi
. at 10:30 we'll vote on his nomination. we expect to reconsidering the cloture vote on the hagel nomination to be secretary of defense tomorrow. we expect to consider the coming of knack including and the sequestration legislation by the end of this week. mr. president, the senate has a great deal to accomplish. including the long delayed confirmation of former senator chuck haigle to lead the defense department. this week the senate will consider two plans to avoid the across-the-board cuts. our economy the foundation or growth, congress must replace these cuts, the so-called sequester with a balanced approach to deficit reduction. democrats would temporarily replace this harsh austerity with a combination of smart spending reductions and measures that close corporate tax loopholes and end wasteful subsidies and ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little bit more. and would avoid harmful cuts to hurt american families, harm military readiness and hinder our economic recovery. families and businesses in every state in the nation in red states and blue states are at risk because
the state of the union tomorrow. and we hope on wednesday and/or thursday we'll be able to finish the hagel nomination. mr. president, there's never in the history of the country ever been a filibuster on a defense secretary, and i'm confident there won't be on this one. but i'm told the committee will report this matter out tomorrow, and we will move this to the senate floor just as quickly as possible. and then we have coming in the near future -- we of course, we have to -- when we get back we'll try to complete the national security director, mr. brennan, and we'll do mr. lew, who will be the secretary of treasury. and of course we have -- we're going to have some votes this -- we'll line up this week as to what we're going do when we get back after the work period we're going to have at home for five days. so i look forward to a productive night. i hope we can complete these votes, because there's people who've worked very, very hard on this, not the least of which has been the presiding officer, the chairman of the judiciary committee, who has worked on this matter for a number of yea
generals and our acting secretary of defense, secretary hagel now concur with. so we're okay with defense, and most of all the military is okay with it. then we also cut domestic spending. here we cut $27 billion, cuts in the farm bill. it eliminates subsidies that we don't need to do anymore. the presiding officer is from an agricultural state. we love your cheese. we even from time to time cheer on the green bay packers, but -- from time to time. but at the same time -- so we know agriculture is important, but essentially we have a tax subsidy structure that goes back to the 1930's. a different economy, a dust bowl, people vacating homes in oklahoma and following the grapes of wrath trail to california. so we came up through the new deal a way of subsidizing farms, restoring the land and restoring people to their land. but a lot of those subsidies aren't needed anymore, and quite frankly a lot of it goes to agribusiness for crops we don't even plant. so working with the agriculture committee, the appropriations didn't just do this out of the blue. we come up with $27.5 billion. now, muc
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